Conditions for viewing Monday’s eclipse have improved steadily over the last few days, after there was early concern of the possibility of rain and thunderstorms.
That chance for storms is gone for upstate South Carolina and the Charlotte area, after a cold front moved over the area and is expected to stall in central South Carolina, according to the National Weather Service.
Trisha Palmer, meteorologist for the weather service, said temperatures will be in the low 90s for upstate South Carolina and the Charlotte area Monday.
The weather service’s Greer, S.C. office, which covers western North Carolina and northwestern South Carolina, has cloud coverage expectations ranging from 30 to 40 percent.
If storms do occur, Palmer said they’d happen in central South Carolina and toward Charleston. Palmer said Columbia has a 30 percent chance of storms during the eclipse, while Charleston has a 30 to 40 percent chance.
Palmer said the weather service’s main concern now is the heat and safety as tourists travel to see the event.
“For the folks who are visiting from the upper mid-Atlantic, New England, they may not be used to the heat and there are a lot of people in this area,” she said.
LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS